|QB||Baker Mayfield||59||100%||21-of-28 (75%) for 321 yards, 1 INT. 1 rush, 7 yards.|
- It’s a shame that Baker Mayfield couldn’t get that final pass out of bounds before the defender started tripping him up — the Browns still had a decent shot of pulling off a victory there. Aside from that, Mayfield was masterful with his footwork, timing, looking off his first reads, selling playaction fakes, etc. He was throwing these with ease all game:
"That's one of the best throws I've ever seen (Baker Mayfield) make." - Jim Nantzpic.twitter.com/7eKavKbUW2— Billy Heyen (@BillyHeyen) September 12, 2021
- Per PFF, Mayfield threw the ball 10.4 yards per throw, which was the second-highest among Week 1 quarterbacks. That could be a sign that Kevin Stefanski will look to stretch the field more often this year through the air.
|RB||Nick Chubb||31||53%||15 carries, 83 yards (5.5 YPC), 2 TD, 1 fumble. 2 catches, 18 yards (2 targets).|
|RB||Kareem Hunt||28||47%||6 carries, 33 yards (5.5 YPC), 1 TD. 3 catches, 28 yards (3 targets). 1 2 PT-conversion.|
|RB||Andy Janovich||11||19%||0 catches (1 target).|
- Like Mayfield, Nick Chubb played a solid game, aside from the fumble. It happens, but obviously stands out more against a team that has a prolific offense like the Chiefs do. Per PFF, Chubb “churned out 55 yards after contact and forced six missed tackles in another solid showing.”
- Kareem Hunt looked sharp in his debut as well, contributing 9 touches for 61 yards and accounting for 8 of the team’s points (a touchdown and two-point conversion).
- The Browns’ screen game with the backs looked pretty good.
- There were no offensive snaps for rookie RB/WR Demetric Felton.
|WR||Jarvis Landry||51||86%||5 catches, 71 yards (5 targets). 2 rushes, 13 yards, 1 TD.|
|WR||Donovan Peoples-Jones||47||80%||1 catch, 4 yards (1 target).|
|WR||Anthony Schwartz||31||53%||3 catches, 69 yards (5 targets).|
|WR||Rashard Higgins||4||7%||No stats registered.|
- Prior to the game, fans were surprised to hear that Odell Beckham Jr. would not be active — although after hearing that news, it’s completely understandable, given what he’s trying to come back from.
- The other thing no one really expected was the role that Anthony Schwartz would have. He played over half of the snaps, catching 3 passes for 69 yards. It’s too bad he couldn’t haul in the jump-ball type of pass late in the game, although that’s not his strong suit and the defensive back did a nice job knocking it free.
- I wasn’t sure how much Donovan Peoples-Jones had played, given the fact that he only had one catch late in the game. He actually played 80% of the snaps, but was only targeted that one time.
- Another year, and another start to the season in which Rashard Higgins’ role on offense was diminished, as he only played 4 snaps.
|TE||Austin Hooper||38||64%||3 catches, 27 yards (3 targets).|
|TE||David Njoku||35||59%||3 catches, 76 yards (5 targets).|
|TE||Harrison Bryant||19||32%||1 catch, 17 yards (2 targets).|
- PFF called TE David Njoku “a matchup nightmare” for the Chiefs. I loved how the Browns utilized him on downfield routes — give him enough time to get into those routes, and he can beat a linebacker for big yardage, especially with the way Mayfield was throwing the ball.
- TE Austin Hooper had three early catches, but wasn’t involved as a receiver after that.
- Chris Hubbard filled in well, all things considered. It’s a shame that Jedrick Wills has suffered early injuries now in each of his two games against the Chiefs.
- Per PFF, LG Joel Bitonio and RT Jack Conklin were the best-graded offensive linemen in the NFL at their positions for Week 1. RG Wyatt Teller, though, was deemed “just average” after a dominant 2020 season.